Synopses & Reviews
Introduces new readers and students to a celebrated and controversial Victorian novel-poem.
Michelle Martinez guides readers through the poem's major themes and biographical and literary contexts, introducing a range of interpretive frameworks. Long extracts from the poem are accompanied by helpful explanatory commentary. The text's composition history, major influences and modes of poetic expression are also discussed. The teaching and bibliographic chapters offer supplementary materials including print and internet resources.
*Ideal guide for readers coming to the text for the first time, or teaching the text at University level
* Fully contextualised and annotated sections of the poem
* Detailed exploration of key themes: poetic vision; love and poetry; epistolary fiction; epic and society; motherhood and sexual transgression; poetry and prophecy
* Innovative teaching suggestions
* Advice and guidance for further reading
The comprehensive reading quide to an ambitious and challenging female epic illuminated for 21st century students. Professor Michele Martinez comments on the core sections of the poem and sets this against a range of interpretative frameworks. She leads readers through the major themes, poetic vision, love and poetry, epistolary fiction, epic and society, motherhood and sexual transgression and poetry and prophecy, guiding them through the critical approaches and contexts.
Key features- Contains a 'Teaching the Text' section with fresh ideas and flexible teaching templates that can be adapted to existing course structures or form the basis of new ones.- Brings together extracts from texts, interpretation and teaching elements in one affordable package.- Contains extensive extracts from the poem, accompanied by a headnote, commentary and glosses, and an annotated bibliography.
About the Author
is Preceptor, Harvard College Writing Program at the Harvard University.